Who is the bravest man in the world? The soldier? The fireman? George Bush's official blooper clarifier? No, it's the director whose producer asks him for an old hat working class whimsy flick and who chooses NOT to say no.
Corollary: Vamsi's back with yet another testimony (AVI: Avunu Valliddaru Istapaddaru) to one of the most worn-out movie yarn gimmicks of all time... the working class fantasia. But what really makes this movie stand out from the venerable list of other working class fantasies is the familiar but one-of-a-kind personality of the irrepressible Anil (Ravi Teja), a tad of quick-witted raucous comedy and the soft 'n' mellow music composed by Chakri.
Anil, an overqualified jobless guy, somehow manages to get employed as a night shift watchman in a company for measly wages. Not being able to afford a separate apartment with his meager rozi, he seeks the help of Jeeva. The latter makes do by lending Swati's (Kalyani) room to Anil - which should normally have happened with Swati's knowledge, but in this case doesn't. But of course, he makes it quite clear to Anil that he is allowed to use the room only when Swati's not around. Instantly there is this instant hit opening song "Vennello Hai Hai", which perfectly sets up the movie that follows.
Soon enough Swati becomes conscious of the "someone else" in her room. But as opposed to kicking out the "someone else", she consents through a letter to let him feel free to use her room as long as their timings remain mutually exclusive.
Then and there begins their communiqué, which clearly ends up in love. After that how they unite is left to the climax. A killer point to note is that Swati doesn't know who Anil is till just before the end. THE END.
The first part of the movie is a scream, but during the second half the film gradually loses the tempo, consequently materializing into the movie's low point. Nonetheless, the quick-witted comedy and first-rate music somehow manage to keep up the spirit of audience right till the end.
Worth mentioning is the energy of Ravi Teja in the movie. We guess even a monkey with a swollen adrenal gland couldn't have held candles to his vigor in the opening song. The casting of the movie couldn't have been better. Ravi Teja does his best role EVER in this flick. It's almost like he was destined to play the male protagonist here. The performances from the others are passable as well, and they suit their respective roles just fine.
AVI is hilarious without straining to be, with a clichéd but entertaining storyline and terrific cast. It is undoubtedly one of the, if not the, best commoner-comedies of 2002. Needless to say, it is a must see if you happen to like "any" of Vamsi's preceding movies.
Shashidhar Reddyon 6th Aug 2002, 1:47am | Permalink
After many days we get the toast of a good telugu film. Its a vamsi mark movie. I enjoyed a lot watching the movie. Photography have been excellent in all vamisi movies and this film too is one of them. The duo of ilayaraja and vamsi have produced many excellent tunes before, now even chakri is upto the mark of vamsi tunes. The songa are very situational.The story of the film is small but the way which it is shown is excellent. I recommend everyone who have a taste of watching a pure telugu movie to watch this movie.
Anand Karnamadakalaon 6th Aug 2002, 12:39am | Permalink
the film is very good though as every one say, the climax is routine.
the herione is mindblowing.
the songs are one of the best recent times and balu is back with vengenance.it is high time the udit narayans,the kumar sanu's are kicked back to mumbai as early as possible.
first half of the movie is really vamsi movie. after that it loses pace and that trademark. MS Narayana as Galidumaram is good once but repitition of same scene 5 times is not tolerable.Raviteja has performed well but could not be compared with Rajendra prasad in vamsi's movies. Song for the newcomer should be edited.